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Summer Heat Tips for Seniors, Disabled and Caregivers

Updated: Jun 21



PCCS cares about Seniors staying safe.
Staying hydrated in the hot summer months!

We wanted to share this valuable information about staying safe and relaxed in the sweltering hot months of summer. Share this article if you care about someone susceptible to heat exhaustion and its effects.


Whether you are a caregiver to seniors, the disabled, or yourself, staying safe and healthy during the summer heat is crucial. Here are several precautions you can take:

 

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and clear juices. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can lead to dehydration1.

Stay Cool: Spend time in air-conditioned spaces. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting public places like libraries or shopping malls1.

Dress Appropriately: Wear loose, light-colored clothing to reflect heat. A broad-brimmed hat can also provide shade and keep you cool.

Avoid Direct Sun: Stay out of the sun during peak hours. Plan outdoor activities for the early morning or evening when it's cooler.

Use Sunscreen: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays

Cool Down: Take tepid showers or baths, or use wet washcloths on your wrists, ankles, armpits, and neck to cool down quickly.

Monitor Health: Be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion, and seek medical attention if necessary.

Elevate Legs: If feeling overheated, elevate your legs to help reduce swelling and promote circulation.

 

By following these tips, seniors and anyone can enjoy the summer while minimizing the risks of high temperatures. Remember, recognizing the signs of heat-related health problems and acting promptly can make a significant difference in their well-being.

 

Heat exhaustion is a condition that can occur when the body overheats, typically as a result of prolonged exposure to high temperatures, especially when combined with high humidity and strenuous physical activity. The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:


  • Clammy skin

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Muscle cramps

  • Extreme thirst

  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)

  • Dehydration

  • Fainting

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Weakness

  • Decreased urine output

 

These symptoms may develop suddenly or over time, particularly during continuous activity. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, which is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition. It's important to recognize these symptoms early and take immediate steps to cool down and hydrate. If symptoms persist or worsen, seeking medical attention is crucial.

 

More Summer heat tips for seniors. Don't forget there are great foods to help with summer heat for seniors during heatwaves, certain foods can help with hydration and energy. Try some of these for beneficial outcomes:

 

  • Watermelon or Strawberries: comprise about 92% water and provide a refreshing way to stay hydrated.

Cooling Watermelon to Help Senios Stay Cool

  • Cucumbers: With high water content, cumbers can help keep you cool and hydrated.

Cooling foods to cool in the hot months

  • Coconut Water: It replenishes electrolytes and provides great hydration.

Refresing Coconut water is healthy too

  • Mint Leaves: They have a natural cooling effect and are ideal for adding to summer drinks and salads.

  • Yogurt: Rich in probiotics, offering a refreshing cooling sensation, and is an excellent snack on hot days.

  • Citrus Fruits: Oranges and lemons are hydrating and packed with vitamin C, which is essential for energy.

Oranges, limes and citurs to combat the summer months!

 

In addition to these foods, avoiding foods and drinks with diuretic effects is crucial, as they can lead to increased fluid loss. Incorporating these foods into your diet can help maintain hydration and energy levels during high-humidity heat waves.


We wish you and your loved ones a safe and blessed summer season, and please remember to Donate, we need your generosity to continue our mission for Seniors, the Disabled and their families.


Article created by Personal Care Calling Services, (dba), Daily Peace of Mind Communications

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Jul 12
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

These services are unique and much needed to our societies seniors and disabled folks. What a cool vision!😍

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Jun 20

Keep up the great work! 💜

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